It goes without saying, but Ghost is one of the most grimly original bands to turn the heavy metal scene on its ear in the 2010s. Coming out of Sweden, a country with its own extensive collection of metal acts, Ghost used their love of horrific imagery and doom-induced guitar riffs and mixed it in with their dedication to Satanism to produce, if you will, one Hell of an act. The group is led by vocalist Papa Emeritus III, replacing Papa Emeritus I and II from the previous two albums, who dresses in the garb of His Holiness the Pope had he pledged his allegiance to Satan instead of Catholicism—clad in black robes, a mitre with an embroidered inverted cross, and ghoulish face-paint paying homage to the likes of Kiss and King Diamond. Ghost additionally consists of five other members who are known as Nameless Ghouls identified only as Fire, Water, Wind, Earth and Ether, in keeping with the band’s anonymity. Holding true to their namesake, the band’s ambiguity plays to their advantage. Papa Emeritus I, II and III are believed to be played by the same vocalist, though he takes on different names and personas every album and no one… Read full this story
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